Would you like to make your family home at Ulva Ferry? The Ulva Ferry community is seeking new families to live in the area, to secure the long-term sustainability of this wonderful corner of north-west Mull.
There will be two, three-bedroom houses available to rent from this summer and applications are now invited from interested families. Offering affordable rents, low heating bills and secure tenancies, these brand new homes are being built right next to Ulva Primary School. Houses will be offered via an application and allocation process, with priority given to families with children to enrol in the school.
MICT are supporting the Ulva School Community Association (USCA) to manage the Ulva Ferry Housing Project, which has been generously supported by Argyll & Bute Council, the Scottish Government, Quaker Housing Trust, the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, USCA and many generous donations from locals and visitors alike.
Anyone interested in renting one of the properties should contact Helen MacDonald, Local Development Officer on 01680 812 900, or email firstname.lastname@example.org; the closing date for applications is Friday 24th March. MICT is a Registered Private Landlord (433596/130/01531) and will own and manage the houses on behalf of USCA.
We won an award! The Ulva Ferry Housing Project won the Rural Innovators Award in the housing category at the Scottish Rural Parliament held in Brechin in September 2016.
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We are delighted to announce that the Ulva Ferry Housing Project is now fully funded and construction work will start in the first week of August!
For those of you who have followed the story, the decision to build affordable rental housing for local families first came about when Ulva Primary School was threatened with closure in 2010. The Ulva School Community Association (USCA) was formed and fought a successful campaign to keep the school open, but soon realised that a lack of affordable housing was threatening the viability of this small, remote community, as local families were forced to leave the area in search of suitable accommodation.
Now, just 6 years later, the Ulva Ferry Housing Project, a joint venture between USCA and MICT, is fully funded, thanks to grants from Argyll & Bute Council, the Quaker Housing Trust, the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, and USCA, along with over £20,000 raised from local donations. Recently additional finance from the Quaker Housing Trust and a grant from the Scottish Government’s new Rural Housing Fund have completed the funding package. The Scottish Government grant of £27,384.30 is the first to be awarded by the new Rural Housing Fund, launched to increase the supply of affordable housing in rural Scotland.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP said: ‘We recognise the challenges of developing affordable housing in remote rural areas and so I’m delighted that the Scottish Government is able to provide funding to this worthwhile project through the Rural Housing Fund. The provision of these 2 affordable homes for rent will make a huge impact on this small island community.’
The high-quality, three-bedroom homes are being built right next to Ulva Primary School by local contractor Norman MacDonald Builders, with work starting on 1st August. The houses will be offered for long-term let to local families for £443 pcm on secure tenancies, and thanks to local firm Thorne Wyness Architects’ low energy design, will have heating bills of less than £350 per YEAR.
Iain Thomson, convenor of USCA, gave the following comment: “The latest news about the grant from the Rural Housing Fund is a fantastic boost to the project. So much time and work has been put in and many challenges overcome. It is the result of a community pulling together in the face of school closure and keeping hope alive for the future of the area I look forward to see construction begin soon!”. Helen MacDonald, Housing Project Manager, added “we are delighted to be starting work on site this summer, and I would like to thank everyone who has supported this project over the years; £22,500 in donations is testament to the importance of these houses to so many people, and the difference they will make to the Ulva Ferry community”.
The houses should be completed by May 2017 and anyone interested in renting one of these family homes should contact Helen MacDonald on 01688 500 056 or email@example.com.
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